Annapolis, MD – Maryland lawmakers are making fast progress on the final details of the next state budget. Versions of Gov. Larry Hogan’s $42 billion budget already sailed through the state Senate and House of Delegates, and members of a conference committee settled more than half of their differences during an hour-long meeting Thursday afternoon.

Warren Deschenaux, executive director of the nonpartisan Department of Legislative Services, opened the meeting with the observation that senators and delegates on the conference committee faced “an unusually small number of problems to address.”